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I’m excited to bring you the third instalment of Manvi’s Tablescape 101 column here on Bright.Bazaar. With Christmas day a little over a week away, her inspiration for throwing a festive dinner party couldn’t be more perfectly timed. I’ll be heading home to my Mum’s for Christmas so I’ll be keeping Manvi’s bold, graphic and stylish ideas in mind when I help her lay the Christmas table. Over to you, Manvi
Seasons greetings, everyone! For this month’s look, I created a festive Christmas tablescape that complimented a gift and beverage station. I wanted to keep the feel modern, using colours such as fuscia, and magenta with mauve and pink hues, which lifted the traditional and masculine plaid tablecloth. I made the tablecloth out of woollen fabric; the medium weight of the woollen fabric works really well to add padding for stemware and dinner plates, which in turn helps to create a more tactile experience for guests. To bring a little formality to the occasion, I asked stationery designer Claudia of Fig2Design to help me with invitations, menu and place cards, with the calligraphy by Michele of Meant to be Calligraphy. I especially love how the place cards turned out!
As well as the tabletop, I styled a gift and drinks station using wreaths, ornaments filled with mini pine cones and mercury glass ornaments. The second wreath is handmade which helps to personalise the look. To make the paper wreath, I bought vintage plaid gift wrap, crafted cone shapes and stuck them on a round cardboard template with a hot glue gun. To finish, I added a little star that I cut out and then lined with white sequins in the centre. I made mini versions of this wreath to use as gift tags, to tie the wreath in with the gifts below. – Manvi

Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. I absolutely love the bright pink you used. The wine tones and gold look so pretty with it too. Definitely want to try out that cocktail.

  2. Wow, beautiful Manvi and Will! I would have never thought of the plaid tablecloth for Christmas but it works. 🙂

  3. SO nice! I love the placecards and the way that the white wreath pops against the gray wall.

  4. Love those animal filled baubles! Such an interesting and beautiful decoration.
    I will definitely have to try the pomegranate sparklers.I know my guests will be pleasantly surprised!

  5. Completely love this! Such a different festive look and I love it especially all the tartan decorations. Beautiful Beautiful flowers too!
    Going to be stealing some ideas from here!
    Rachie xo

  6. I had decided not to make much of an effort for Christmas this year as I haven't planned any parties. And now I really regrest it! I with my house had this much pleasure in it! I'm wowed! Thank you both so much for jump starting my festive spirit 🙂

  7. I first read about your blog on Decor8 and just wanted to say I now follow it avidly! It really is gorgeous – lifts my day! Laura x x x

  8. Thank you all for your kind and generous comments about Manvi's fab Christmas tabletop! Also, thank you to Claudia and Michele for their grand efforts on the stationery and calligraphy!

  9. Oh so gorgeous! Yum for fushia! And tartan! Adore!

    So want an antler candelabra. Actually make it two. I need them pronto and am seriously contemplating getting some from Zhush.. Je reve..

    Thanks for popping in today luv. I know Stuart will be thrilled.

    Hugs from the top of the world.

    xx C

  10. Thank you so much for your sweet words on this look. I had so much fun creating this and it is a total team effort that wouldnt have been possible without Will, Claudia and Michelle. Hope you DO steal ideas from here! Happy holidays!!

  11. I'm not so keen on the fushia colour in the top pictures, but ooooohhh the three last pics!!! Love it! Love plaid, love the wreath, the napkin tie, the whole gift and drinks station. And the polar bear bauble is so adorable!

    I hardly ever drink brandy, but for christmas we sometimes make hot drinks with coffee, hot chocolate, brandy and a little whipped cream. This year I might move outside my comfort zone and make the Pomegranate sparkles drink, it looks great 🙂

  12. i love this, will! you are so talented! i'm setting the table for my annual christmas dinner party tonight and will be using some of your fabulous tips. my scheme is fuchsia, gold and black. i love how you mixed plaid in with shades of pink. genius! xoxo – julie

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.